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Meet Cheryl! She Moved to Employment!

“I’ll be my own boss. I’ll determine my own future. And, that’s what I’ve always wanted.”

Cheryl Jackson has worked as a District of Columbia Public School Teacher for over 20 years but had a growing interest in becoming a professional caterer! She shared this desire with many of her friends and family and felt that […]

October 12, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Reina! She Moved to Education and Empowerment

“My kids know that UPO’s early learning socialization events for families are a time for them to enjoy, play, experiment and a place to try new things.”

Three years ago Reina Carranza was a new mother and excited about all the joy that motherhood brings! She’d frequently ask her family members for recommendations on how to […]

October 4, 2016|0 Comments
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Meet Wardell! He Moved to Employment!

“UPO was the perfect opportunity, it was a reawakening call for me. Now things are on the up and up!”

In 2012, Wardell Brown returned home from prison with the desire to turn his life around but had no idea how to make it happen.

Born and raised in DC’s Ward 8, he had heard many […]

September 28, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Zee! He Moved to Education!

“UPO’s STEM-based P.O.W.E.R. program put me ahead of a lot of my peers that went to my high school!”

Six years ago, Zee Wright was looking for opportunities to get ahead academically. He heard about our college readiness program that was held at Hart Middle School. He immediately enrolled and is now a thriving college sophomore […]

September 20, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Jeremiah! He Moved to Employment!

“The program was very helpful. I definitely plan to pursue this as a career and keep working in this field.”

Jeremiah Grier heard about our construction skills trade training programs, offered by our Building Careers Academy (BCA), from a friend and enrolled in classes the following week!

Jeremiah was fascinated with the exciting world […]

September 13, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Altavia! She Moved to Employment!

Altavia Long had recently quit her job and was running an informal catering business to make ends meet. She was referred by a friend to our Culinary Arts training program and quickly signed up!

During the 12-week program, Altavia committed to learning about the proper preparation, storage and serving techniques for different food types. She completed […]

September 6, 2016|0 Comments

Culinary Arts Program Offers Cooking Demonstration

United Planning Organization is proud to partner with Saint Elizabeths Hospital to share healthier eating choices with the clients and community.

Chef Jerald Thomas, UPO Culinary Arts Instructor, did a food demonstration for 23 attendees. Assisted by a current culinary arts student, Chef Jerald prepared vegetarian quesadillas with spinach, caramelized onions & portabella mushroom with fresh […]

May 24, 2016|0 Comments